Andrew Rhodes

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Create and Detect Custom, Complex Gestures in React Native

React Native Gesture Detector

Create and detect custom gestures on React Native.


Example app and usage

Feel free to test Snack Expo demo or run the included demo app locally:

$ git clone
$ cd react-native-gesture-detector/example
$ yarn
$ yarn start

Check the code for the screens to see how they are done!


This package originated from a real life need to detect custom gestures. The idea for implementation originated from this stellar answer on StackOverflow. The result is not 100% foolproof, but rock solid, performant and extremely simple to use.

The package comes with another, insanely cool component GestureRecorder, which allows you to create gestures on the fly. Yep, just plug it in, paint the gesture and you will receive the coordinate data for your supercomplex, custom gesture. You can use it to just use the data points as a predefined gesture in your app, or you can even let your app users create their own custom gestures, if that fits your game plan!

Because the library significantly uses React hooks, you must use at least react@16.8.0.


$ yarn add react-native-gesture-detector
$ yarn add react-native-gesture-handler lodash # install peer dependencies


import GestureDetector, {
} from "react-native-gesture-detector";

const gestures = {
  // this will result in the gesture shown in the first demo give above
  Coil: [
    { x: 10, y: -30 }, // This is a coordinate object
    { x: 25, y: -15 },
    { x: 40, y: -10 },
    { x: 55, y: -15 },
    { x: 70, y: -30 },
    { x: 85, y: -45 },
    { x: 90, y: -65 },
    { x: 85, y: -85 },
    { x: 70, y: -100 },
    { x: 55, y: -115 },
    { x: 40, y: -130 },
    { x: 20, y: -130 },
    { x: 0, y: -130 },
    { x: -20, y: -130 },
    { x: -35, y: -115 },
    { x: -50, y: -100 },
    { x: -65, y: -85 },
    { x: -80, y: -70 },
    { x: -80, y: -55 },
    { x: -80, y: -30 },
    { x: -80, y: -15 },
    { x: -80, y: 0 },
    { x: -65, y: 15 },
    { x: -50, y: 30 },
    { x: -35, y: 45 },
    { x: -20, y: 60 },
    { x: 0, y: 65 },
    { x: 20, y: 70 },
    { x: 40, y: 70 },

const CoilExample = () => (
    onGestureFinish={(gesture) => console.log(`Gesture "${gesture}" finished!`)}
    onProgress={({ gesture, progress }) => {
      console.log(`Gesture: ${gesture}, progress: ${progress}`);
    onPanRelease={() => {
      console.log("User released finger!");
    {({ coordinate }) => (
      <View style={{ position: "relative", width: "100%", height: "100%" }}>
        <GesturePath path={gestures["Coil"]} color="green" slopRadius={35} />
        {coordinate && <Cursor {...coordinate} />}

const RecordGestureExample = () => {
  // finishedGesture will look like gestures["Coil"] from the top
  const [finishedGesture, setFinishedGesture] = useState([]);

  return (
    <GestureRecorder onPanRelease={(gesture) => setFinishedGesture(gesture)}>
      {({ gesture }) => (
        <View style={{ position: "relative", width: "100%", height: "100%" }}>
          <GesturePath path={gesture} color="green" slopRadius={35} />

Documentation and API


GestureDetector is a render props component. The child function has the form children({ coordinate: { x: number, y: number } })

Prop Default Type Description
slopRadius 50 number The radius in px from a coordinate. The resulting circle is the area in which the user can move the finger
gestures {} { [key: string]: [{ x: number, y: number }] } An object with one or more gestures. A gesture is an array of { x, y } objects, which symbolize the exact coordinates you want the user to pass
onProgress ({ progress, gesture }) => {} function A callback, which is called on each predefined gesture coordinate passed by the user.
onGestureFinish (gesture) => {} function A callback, which is called when the user finishes a gesture. Receives the gesture key of the finished gesture.
onPanRelease () => {} function Callback, when the user releases the finger. Receives no arguments.


GestureRecorder is a render props component. The child function has the form children({ gesture: [{ x: string, y: string }, { x: string, y: string }, ...], gestureDirectionHistory: [{ x: string, y: string }, { x: string, y: string }, ...], offset: { x: number, y: number } }).

gesture is an array of coordinates. They are generated based on the pointDistance prop of the component.

gestureDirectionHistory will tell you accordingly to gesture which direction the gesture is moving there. This might give somewhat unreliable data currently. A direction object looks like { x: "left", y: "up" }.

offset will artificially add an horizontal and vertical offset to the coordinates. This does not change the detection of the defined gesture at all. It’s just a helper to use with the GesturePath component to paint the path where you actually draw. Check the GestureRecorder example screen for more details on this.

Prop Default Type Description
pointDistance 20 number The minimum distance between points that you want to be recorded. So default wise, every 20px (or more, usually depending on the phone hardware and the speed of the finger moving over the display) the component will add another point to the gesture array
onCapture () => {} function A callback, which is called every time the component is adding a coordinate to the gesture array
onPanRelease (gesture) => {} function Callback, when the user releases the finger. Receives the fully drawn gesture in form of a coordinate array.


GesturePath is a helper component, which paints a gesture visually in a container. The container should have position: absolute; set in its style property. { x, y } is a coordinate object. An array of coordinate objects must be passed to paint the gesture on the screen. This component should be only used in development to define and refine gestures.

Prop Default Type Description
path [] array An array of coordinates to paint the gesture
slopRadius 50 number The radius around each coordinate, in which the user touch event will be associated with the gesture (or rather the radius of the circle being painted for each coordinate, as this whole component has no functionality really and is purely visual)
color black string A string of a valid CSS color property


Paints a black, round indicator at the passed coordinate. The only useful situation is in development and you probably will use it like this, where coordinate is passed from the GestureDetector render props function:

{coordinate && <Cursor {...coordinate} />}

Prop Default Type Description
x 0 number The coordinate of the absolute center of the cursor relatively to the parent container.
y 0 number The coordinate of the absolute center of the cursor relatively to the parent container.
throttleMs 50 in dev build, 25 in production build number A performance optimization. Sets the time delay between each rerender of the repositioned cursor. You probably don’t want to touch this.

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PyTumblr: A Python Tumblr API v2 Client



Install via pip:

$ pip install pytumblr

Install from source:

$ git clone
$ cd pytumblr
$ python install


Create a client

A pytumblr.TumblrRestClient is the object you'll make all of your calls to the Tumblr API through. Creating one is this easy:

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) # Grabs the current user information

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  3. Get sample login code at

Supported Methods

User Methods # get information about the authenticating user
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client.likes() # get the likes for the authenticating user
client.following() # get the blogs followed by the authenticating user

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Blog Methods

client.blog_info(blogName) # get information about a blog
client.posts(blogName, **params) # get posts for a blog
client.avatar(blogName) # get the avatar for a blog
client.blog_likes(blogName) # get the likes on a blog
client.followers(blogName) # get the followers of a blog
client.blog_following(blogName) # get the publicly exposed blogs that [blogName] follows
client.queue(blogName) # get the queue for a given blog
client.submission(blogName) # get the submissions for a given blog

Post Methods

Creating posts

PyTumblr lets you create all of the various types that Tumblr supports. When using these types there are a few defaults that are able to be used with any post type.

The default supported types are described below.

  • state - a string, the state of the post. Supported types are published, draft, queue, private
  • tags - a list, a list of strings that you want tagged on the post. eg: ["testing", "magic", "1"]
  • tweet - a string, the string of the customized tweet you want. eg: "Man I love my mega awesome post!"
  • date - a string, the customized GMT that you want
  • format - a string, the format that your post is in. Support types are html or markdown
  • slug - a string, the slug for the url of the post you want

We'll show examples throughout of these default examples while showcasing all the specific post types.

Creating a photo post

Creating a photo post supports a bunch of different options plus the described default options * caption - a string, the user supplied caption * link - a string, the "click-through" url for the photo * source - a string, the url for the photo you want to use (use this or the data parameter) * data - a list or string, a list of filepaths or a single file path for multipart file upload

#Creates a photo post using a source URL
client.create_photo(blogName, state="published", tags=["testing", "ok"],

#Creates a photo post using a local filepath
client.create_photo(blogName, state="queue", tags=["testing", "ok"],
                    tweet="Woah this is an incredible sweet post [URL]",

#Creates a photoset post using several local filepaths
client.create_photo(blogName, state="draft", tags=["jb is cool"], format="markdown",
                    data=["/Users/johnb/path/to/my/image.jpg", "/Users/johnb/Pictures/kittens.jpg"],
                    caption="## Mega sweet kittens")

Creating a text post

Creating a text post supports the same options as default and just a two other parameters * title - a string, the optional title for the post. Supports markdown or html * body - a string, the body of the of the post. Supports markdown or html

#Creating a text post
client.create_text(blogName, state="published", slug="testing-text-posts", title="Testing", body="testing1 2 3 4")

Creating a quote post

Creating a quote post supports the same options as default and two other parameter * quote - a string, the full text of the qote. Supports markdown or html * source - a string, the cited source. HTML supported

#Creating a quote post
client.create_quote(blogName, state="queue", quote="I am the Walrus", source="Ringo")

Creating a link post

  • title - a string, the title of post that you want. Supports HTML entities.
  • url - a string, the url that you want to create a link post for.
  • description - a string, the desciption of the link that you have
#Create a link post
client.create_link(blogName, title="I like to search things, you should too.", url="",
                   description="Search is pretty cool when a duck does it.")

Creating a chat post

Creating a chat post supports the same options as default and two other parameters * title - a string, the title of the chat post * conversation - a string, the text of the conversation/chat, with diablog labels (no html)

#Create a chat post
chat = """John: Testing can be fun!
Renee: Testing is tedious and so are you.
John: Aw.
client.create_chat(blogName, title="Renee just doesn't understand.", conversation=chat, tags=["renee", "testing"])

Creating an audio post

Creating an audio post allows for all default options and a has 3 other parameters. The only thing to keep in mind while dealing with audio posts is to make sure that you use the external_url parameter or data. You cannot use both at the same time. * caption - a string, the caption for your post * external_url - a string, the url of the site that hosts the audio file * data - a string, the filepath of the audio file you want to upload to Tumblr

#Creating an audio file
client.create_audio(blogName, caption="Rock out.", data="/Users/johnb/Music/my/new/sweet/album.mp3")

#lets use soundcloud!
client.create_audio(blogName, caption="Mega rock out.", external_url="")

Creating a video post

Creating a video post allows for all default options and has three other options. Like the other post types, it has some restrictions. You cannot use the embed and data parameters at the same time. * caption - a string, the caption for your post * embed - a string, the HTML embed code for the video * data - a string, the path of the file you want to upload

#Creating an upload from YouTube
client.create_video(blogName, caption="Jon Snow. Mega ridiculous sword.",

#Creating a video post from local file
client.create_video(blogName, caption="testing", data="/Users/johnb/testing/ok/")

Editing a post

Updating a post requires you knowing what type a post you're updating. You'll be able to supply to the post any of the options given above for updates.

client.edit_post(blogName, id=post_id, type="text", title="Updated")
client.edit_post(blogName, id=post_id, type="photo", data="/Users/johnb/mega/awesome.jpg")

Reblogging a Post

Reblogging a post just requires knowing the post id and the reblog key, which is supplied in the JSON of any post object.

client.reblog(blogName, id=125356, reblog_key="reblog_key")

Deleting a post

Deleting just requires that you own the post and have the post id

client.delete_post(blogName, 123456) # Deletes your post :(

A note on tags: When passing tags, as params, please pass them as a list (not a comma-separated string):

client.create_text(blogName, tags=['hello', 'world'], ...)

Getting notes for a post

In order to get the notes for a post, you need to have the post id and the blog that it is on.

data = client.notes(blogName, id='123456')

The results include a timestamp you can use to make future calls.

data = client.notes(blogName, id='123456', before_timestamp=data["_links"]["next"]["query_params"]["before_timestamp"])

Tagged Methods

# get posts with a given tag
client.tagged(tag, **params)

Using the interactive console

This client comes with a nice interactive console to run you through the OAuth process, grab your tokens (and store them for future use).

You'll need pyyaml installed to run it, but then it's just:

$ python

and away you go! Tokens are stored in ~/.tumblr and are also shared by other Tumblr API clients like the Ruby client.

Running tests

The tests (and coverage reports) are run with nose, like this:

python test

Author: tumblr
Source Code:
License: Apache-2.0 license

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